WASHINGTON, December 23, 2016 — A year ago, jihadist husband and wife team, Syed Rizwan Farook and Sashfeen Malic, shot and killed 14 and wounded 22 people attending a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.
Farook was born in an unassimilated Muslim enclave in Chicago. Wife Malic was born in Pakistan, but lived most of her life in Saudi Arabia.
After the attack, presidential candidate Donald J. Trump called “for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”
When Omar Mateen, who was born in Queens but grew up in an unassimilated Muslim community in Fort Pierce, Florida, killed 49 and wounded 59 at a gay nightclub in Orlando last June, Trump said:
“We cannot continue to allow thousands upon thousands of people to pour into our country, many of whom have the same thought process as this savage killer. Many of the principles of radical Islam are incompatible with Western values and institutions.”
The “Arab Spring,” which many on the left considered a pro-democracy movement, degenerated into a series of bloody jihadist uprisings. It culminated in the Libyan and Syrian civil wars and the rise of ISIS, which triggered a humanitarian crisis on an epic scale, sending millions of Muslim refugees flooding into Europe.
In October, German police apprehended Syrian refugee Jaber Albakr before he could carry out planned bombing attacks. He killed himself while in police custody.
Then the Obama administration announced the United States would admit at least 10,000 Syrian refugees.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin didn’t believe Obama was thinking big enough and joined fellow Democrats in sending a letter urging the president to increase that number to 65,000, with Hillary Clinton adding her support.
“I want the United States to lead the world,” Clinton told CBS’s Face the Nation.
White House press spokesman Josh Earnest assured reporters,
“Refugees go through the most robust security process of anybody who’s contemplating travel to the United States. They go through databases that are maintained by DHS [Department of Homeland Security], the Department of Defense and the intelligence community.”
But last Thursday, the Obama administration announced it was ending the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program that DHS has used to monitor Muslim immigrants in the U.S. after the attacks of 9/11.
According to the Manchester Guardian,
“More than 80,000 people from 25 listed countries, 24 of which had majority Muslim or Arab populations, were forced onto the scheme [NSEERS] in which they were required to provide fingerprints and a photograph and periodically present themselves for in-person interviews with DHS officers.”
Roughly 14,000 of these migrants were considered suspicious and deported.
By canceling the NSEERS program, Obama will make it more difficult for his successor to make good on his promise to block Muslim immigration to the U.S. and monitor the movements of those admitted by Obama.
Democratic Party losses under Obama began in the House, moved to the Senate and ended in a crescendo: Hillary Clinton’s stunning White House loss. Trump has promised to continue that forward momentum by rescinding Obama’s executive orders on immigration, scrapping his predecessor’s job-killing business regulations and repealing his unpopular healthcare monstrosity.
Most importantly, Trump has promised to end the absurd, politically correct restrictions on language imposed by the Obama administration and enforced by their supporting sycophants in the mainstream media and popular culture that acts of Islamist terror are “tragedies” and not attacks, or that such atrocities committed on military bases by Islamist infiltrators or on a job site are acts of “workplace violence.”
Obama and the left have been telling Americans that recognizing radical Islam’s war on “Western values and institutions” is “Islamophobia,” which they view as far worse than the atrocities perpetrated around the globe by a virulent, totalitarian ideology masquerading as a religion.
With the Electoral College having rejected the Democratic presidential candidate promising to continue his policies, Obama’s petty act of revenge is to make it nearly impossible for his Republican successor to track ISIS elements he and his party’s Syrian refugee program allowed into the country.
That’s something to remember during the next midterm elections, or after the next lone-wolf terrorist attack on the homeland.